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Man charged with murder in death of Brenda Ware in Kootenay National Park

Philip Toner, 41, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder in relation to the homicide.

Brenda Ware's body was found on May 6 in Kootenay National Park.

A man has been charged with murder in connection to the death of an Alberta woman, whose body was discovered in Kootenay National Park in Southeastern BC late last week.

Police confirmed Wednesday that Philip Toner, 41, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder in relation to the homicide of 35-year-old Brenda Ware.

Philip Toner, 41, has been charged with the second degree murder of Brenda Ware.
Philip Toner, 41, has been charged with the second degree murder of Brenda Ware. Photo by RCMP handout

Her body was discovered May 6 along Highway 93, about 54 kilometres north of Radium, in Kootenay National Park.

Police say she had travelled to B.C. from Didsbury, north of Calgary, in a red 2019 Jeep Cherokee SUV with Alberta licence plates YPC 553. She was last seen alive May 4.

On Monday, the RCMP revealed they were looking for Toner in connection with Ware’s death.

“Brenda Ware and Toner were known to each other, however the nature of that relationship will not be released at this time.” said Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon of the B.C. RCMP Major Crime Section, at the time.

Toner was located early Tuesday morning by Lake Country RCMP.

-with files from Scott Brown

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